Google announced today that its artificial intelligence-based grammar checker would now be a native feature of Google Docs for all users of G Suite, its suite of web-based tools and services for companies. The grammar checker, announced by Google last July, works with machine translation, which is the same subset of artificial intelligence tools that allow the software to process natural language and translate text from a language to the other.
At the time, the grammar checker powered by the AI had to be activated by a system administrator, which means that it would not be widely available by default. Now, Google says all G Suite users will see these suggestions appear in Google Docs. Some of the most common problems include using affect against the effect, when to use them instead of theirs, and tricky questions. To differentiate it from the standard spell checker, which highlights misspelled words in red, the grammar checker uses wavy blue lines to underline an error to correct.
"Thanks to machine translation, we are able to recognize errors and propose corrections as the work progresses. We worked closely with linguists to decipher the rules of the machine translation model and used it as a basis for automatic suggestions in your documents, all based on AI, "writes Vishnu Sivaji, a product manager in a blog. G Suite at Google. "In doing so, machine translation techniques can intercept various corrections, ranging from simple grammatical rules such as how to use" a "versus one in a sentence, to more complex grammatical concepts such as use. correct subordinate clauses. "
Unfortunately, this feature is still reserved for business users. However, the extension to all G Suite customers and its default activation in Google Docs is a good indication that the company is preparing the grammar checker for a consumer release later.